The design for
Durban's new King Senzangakhona Stadium, which will host a 2010 Fifa World Cup
semifinal, was unveiled on Thursday 30 June 2006.
after King Shaka's father, the stadium will cost R1.6-billion to build and be
able to seat up to 80 000 soccer fans.
prominent feature of the new stadium, to be built on the site of the existing
football stadium, will be the 30-storey arch stretching its entire length.
Senzangakhona Stadium, which is expected to be completed by December 2008, will
also have an athletics track and underground parking for 10 000 cars.
will be built next to the existing Absa Stadium, home of the Sharks rugby team.
Walter Gilbert Road, which runs between the two stadiums, will be converted into
a pedestrian walkway.
The area is to
be developed into a sports precinct, with Olympic-class facilities for football,
athletics and swimming all in close proximity.
Plans for a
railway station next to the stadium are also being discussed.
with its distinctive football-shaped dome, will be the headquarters of Fifa and
the local organising committee during the 2010 World Cup.
The Safa House
complex will house the headquarters of both the SA Football Association (Safa)
and the Premier Soccer League. It will also host the Safa Academy, a training
facility for elite level coaches and players.
will consist of at least 100 offices for Fifa with all the modern conveniences
that a world-class organization requires. It is to be a technologically "smart"
development, built on environmentally sound principles.
will be dominated by the football-shaped dome on the roof. The dome will be
well-lit at night and visible from the air and the ground as a defining landmark
for the city of Johannesburg.